The Rift Valley Community Business School receives development assistance from Oxford graduates.
In October, we saw the arrival of two graduates from the Saïd Business School, Oxford, who volunteered to assist the development of one of Rift Valley's key flagship social projects, the Rift Valley Community Business School. Adam Storck, a US national, and Sonqiao Yao, a Chinese national, spent three weeks on the ground in Zimbabwe, carrying out extensive research into community needs for improvements to agri skills, financial literacy, financial inclusion and the development of entrepreneurship. Rift Valley is very grateful for the assistance of the Saïd Business School in helping source its volunteers and found the input of Adam and Songqiao invaluable at this point in the project's evolution. The Community Business School aims to deliver agricultural and financial education to farmers within communities, using technology-enabled learning and an adaptive curriculum to help them develop the skills they need to provide for their household and build vibrant and prosperous rural communities. A pilot program in both Zimbabwe and Mozambique is scheduled for launch in 2017.